Devin Hester vastly upgrades the Falcons’ return game. (Matthew Stockman)
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester on a three-year deal.
Hester was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he set an NFL record with six return touchdowns, including a punt return for a touchdown in his debut.
The Falcons haven’t had a kickoff or punt return for a touchdown since 2010 – back with Eric Weems returning kicks.
Last season, Atlanta averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and 8.3 yards per punt return.
Hester will undoubtedly fix those woes – last season, he averaged 27.6 yards per kick return and 14.2 yards per punt return, including a touchdown.
He also holds the NFL record for most career kick and punt returns for touchdowns with 18.
He’s gained 5,504 yards on 222 kick returns and 3,241 yards on 264 punt returns. Yes, Hester’s markedly dangerous.
But don’t expect him to just return kicks:
For his career, Hester has totaled 217 receptions for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns.